Posted on November 13th, 2014
It’s the first thing kids look for when presents get placed under the tree — whom the present belongs to. And with a little effort your gift tags can tease the curiosity out of even the Scroogiest little elf this season.
One good way to start is with an existing, basic tag. Plain tags can be purchased at craft stores, and IKEA recently began selling the numbered tags seen here. One pack includes 10 tags, numbered zero through nine, for 99 cents. You’d be hard pressed to cut 10 tags from printed cardstock for that price. Since I have four kids I’ll be using the tags to designate which presents belong to which kid — my oldest with have No. 1 tags, my second born No. 2, and so on.
To jazz up these or any basic tags, try these ideas:
>> Holly berries. For the holly seen here, make a pattern of a holly leaf out of cardstock (I freehanded mine, but use clipart online if needed). Cut leaves out of felt, then hot glue them near the punched hole. Top the leaves with a few holly-berry pompoms.
>> Pretty ribbons. If there’s a place to splurge on wrapping gifts, it’s in the ribbons. But during the holidays it’s easy to find it on sale — most holiday ribbon will be marked down as much as 50 percent from now until Christmas. Tie a pretty bow and add a few embellishments like pretty feathers or natural wood beads. Then again, if you like things less fussy, you can’t get much better looking than a richly colored grosgrain ribbon tied solo on a box.
>> Glittered edges. Squeeze a thin bead of Elmer’s Glue along the edge of a tag. Use your finger to spread it evenly and to the edge, then sprinkle glitter on top. For a classy and snowy look, choose white glitter.
>> Big poms. A big pom-pom makes everything cuter, and they couldn’t be easier to make. For a tutorial, search Pinterest. I have tied these on Christmas packages before, and they add a sweet touch of whimsy under the tree.
One more tip: For a cohesive look choose a color scheme for all your gift giving this year. I went for the traditional red and green trimmings with craft-paper wrapping, but it looks a little more modern with crisp black-and-white accents.